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Nathan Ellis could be set to become the IPL’s most sought after ‘death’ bowler

On the back of a remarkable T20 Vitality Blast campaign with Hampshire, Nathan Ellis has arguably established himself as the world’s finest exponent of at-the-death bowling. Ellis’ breath-taking last over of the final – against Lancashire at Edgbaston last week – was a perfect example of his immense skill and composure in a high pressured situation.

T20 Vitality Blast – Tonight’s fixtures and Sunday recap

Tonight’s fixtures include an intriguing contest between the two form teams in the North Group. Derbyshire Falcons entertain Northamptonshire Steelbacks at the Incora Ground, Derby with both teams well in the hunt for a place in the quarter finals.

Hampshire Hawks (155-6) defeat Essex Eagles (123) to win by 32 runs in the T20 Vitality Blast at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire Hawks (155-6) defeat Essex Eagles (123) to win by 32 runs in the T20 Vitality Blast at the Ageas Bowl.

Under cobalt skies, Hampshire prevailed in a war of attrition at the Ageas Bowl last night. In conditions more suitable for a rugby match than a game of cricket, Hampshire batted well to post a defendable total in the almost constant drizzle.

Lancashire and Surrey look strong in the T20 Vitality Blast as the group stage nears half-way

With the T20 Vitality Blast almost at the half-way stage, two teams are looking particularly strong. In the Northern Group, Lancashire Lightning have won six of their seven games and lead the group by three points. In the Southern section, Surrey have won five of their six matches so far; the other game – against Glamorgan – failed to yield a result due to the weather. This leaves Surrey three points ahead of last season’s beaten finalists, Somerset having played one fewer game.

Somerset ease past Hampshire Hawks to cruise to the top of the South Group in the T20 Vitality Blast

Somerset eased past Hampshire Hawks to cruise to the top of the South Group in the T20 Vitality Blast.

Somerset’s bowlers shared the wickets around their seam attack as they tore through Hampshire’s top order. Josh Davey was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, taking 3-21 as the hosts stumbled to 123 at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire and Somerset in action tonight at The Ageas Bowl – Paul Blake previews

Hampshire Hawks welcome Somerset in their second Vitality Blast game of the season at The Ageas Bowl tonight.

Paul Blake previews tonight’s action.

Hampshire blow a good start with the ball as Middlesex rally to win Vitality Blast opener

Despite a great start with the ball, Hampshire Hawks were unable to capitalise, eventually going down in this white ball season opener by 10 runs. Despite losing three early wickets, Middlesex opener Max Holden and middle order batsman Jack Davies were able to steady the ship. Subsequently, 41 runs off just 27 balls from wicketkeeper-batsman John Simpson eased the visitors to what would prove to be an unassailable 163/6.

England call up Harry Brook and Matthew Potts in LV= Insurance Test squad announcement but selectors resort to type in bringing back Anderson and Broad

The selection panel have announced a 13-strong squad for the first two test matches of the summer against New Zealand. Among the thirteen are Yorkshire batter Harry Brook and Durham seamer Matthew Potts who have been rewarded for their respective strong starts to the County Championship.

Hampshire close in on an unwanted half-century

Currently second in the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One, Hampshire have started the season very well, particularly with the ball. They have not won the county championship since 1973; forty-nine years ago. With twenty wickets already to his name, Keith Barker has certainly caught the eye. After taking 5-67 in the first innings against… Read More »Hampshire close in on an unwanted half-century

  • Will an ancient treaty create a Scottish Cup passageway for newly established Doncaster City?
    English 13th tier outfit Doncaster City have made an audacious attempt to compete in this year’s Scottish Cup. The club, who is under the stewardship of football agent Willie McKay, only formed this summer, but already has a grand vision for the future.
  • Adam Farragher, the young apprentice jockey, ‘rated highly’ by William Haggas
    As Thunder Legend passes the post an impressive 5 1/2 lengths ahead of his nearest rival, the shutter on my camera fires a dozen times and I have my photo. For 22-year-old apprentice jockey, Adam Farragher, today’s winner is a welcome tonic. In the 4.54 at Newmarket, on the 26th August, Farragher’s nightmare summer has come to an end. He is well and truly back in the saddle, even if he is a “little bit rusty” according to his boss.
  • Aspiring racing journalists wanted
    We are welcoming talented writers to the F2F Team as we seek to rapidly increase the volume of quality content that we are publishing. Do you enjoy horse racing on the flat or over fences? Or perhaps something a little more specific in relation to horse racing, breeding, racing strategy, training or ownership. Then we want to hear from you. Our main goal is to develop and promote you, the writer, so we will work with you to better your writing standards, iron out ideas, develop editing and proofreading, promote your social media links, provide accreditation references where possible and help you take the next steps in the profession.
  • Two Hertfordshire race fans take their love of racing to the next level
    Dean and I have gone back and forth on Twitter for a couple of weeks. I’ve liked a few of his Twitter posts about the Hasmonean Racing syndicate and followed one of his horses at Kempton Park for an article on final2furlongs.com. The syndicate has caught my eye and I’m keen to find out more.
  • Brighton Races Rock!
    My first visit to Brighton Racecourse for an afternoon race meeting is delightful and further proof that you don’t need a card full of Group 1 and Listed Races to put on a great day’s racing. I reflect on a fine afternoon by the seaside.
  • Andaleep scores hat-trick victory, despite being hit hard in the ratings.
    Andaleep (IRE) has been given a +10 lb increase in the ratings following back to back Class 5 wins at Windsor (7th August) and Beverley (10th August).
  • Racing tips – Saturday 20th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 20th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Three-year-old Vega Sicilia catches the eye in Novice Stakes at Kempton Park
    15/8 favourite, Forest Demon, came from the back of the field to win by a neck in The Nursery Handicap Stakes, over 7 furlongs at Kempton today. The 2-year-old Irish raider has raced three times before today and has made little impact in stakes races.
  • Racing tips – Thursday 18th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 18th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Racing tips – Monday 15th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 15th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Eve Johnson Houghton lands The BetVictor Hungerford Stakes with Jumby
    Eve Johnson Houghton claimed the 3.35 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury today with her four-year-old colt, Jumby. Despite placing in the Wokingham at Ascot and the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket, Jumby was sent off at 9-1, which would prove to be a remarkable price.
  • Racing tips – Friday 12th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 12th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Racing tips – Thursday 11th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 11th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Forest Demon makes light work of the field in 5.05 at Kempton Park
    15/8 favourite, Forest Demon, came from the back of the field to win by a neck in The Nursery Handicap Stakes, over 7 furlongs at Kempton today. The 2-year-old Irish raider has raced three times before today and has made little impact in stakes races.
  • No mercy for Cobra Kai after four and three quarter length Ayr victory
    Cobra Kai has been issued with a +10 lb increase in the ratings following his easy victory at Ayr on Thursday. Keith Dalgleish’s smart 2019 gelding made all over the seven furlong trip.
  • Miss Attitude clouted with eight pound rating increase after convincing Sandown victory
    Mick Channon’s 2-year-old maiden winner, Miss Attitude, was given a penalty of +8 pounds after a surprise win last Thursday at Sandown in The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 4). Romping home at 16/1, Charlie Bishop’s mount certainly caught the eye of the BHA ratings team who have increase her mark to 79 from 71.
  • Get Ahead slapped with 100 rating after Class 3, Goodwood victory
    Get Ahead has been issued with a penalty of +9 in the official ratings (OR) after cruising to victory in the five furlong, World Pool Handicap (Class 3) for 3-year-olds at Goodwood.
  • Marmaan receives a whopping 22 ratings increase after Group 2 victory
    This week’s highest mover is Marbaan. The Charlie Fellowes trained colt out of Oasis Dream (Sire) and Zahoo (Dam) has been smashed with a 22 rise in the official ratings (OR). The dramatic adjustment was made on the back of his Goodwood victory in the Group 2, Japan Racing Association Vintage Stakes, on 26th July. This 7 furlong race for two-year-olds saw the 14-1 shot run on strongly to head short priced favourite, Holloway Boy, close to home.
  • Racing tips – Wednesday 10th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 9th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Racing tips – Monday 8th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 8th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Racing tips – Sunday 7th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 7th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Racing tips – Saturday 6th August 2022
    Today’s Racing Tips 6th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Mick Channon improver, Miss Attitude, shows the boys how it is done in 2-year-old maiden stakes at Sandown yesterday
    Miss Attitude made all in a scintillating sprint on the straight track at Sandown on Thursday. Looking fitter than fifteen days beforehand, when she had returned after a break for a wind operation, she looked excellent in the paddock. Towering over the smaller sprinters in the paddock, she looked a little out of place: like a middle distance filly who had been entered in the wrong race. But not all great sprinters are built the same.
  • Racing tips – Thursday 4th August
    Today’s Racing Tips 4th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.
  • Talented trainer, Amy Murphy, secures double ‘black-type’ at Deauville
    Amy Murphy recorded two Group 3 placings at Deauville on Tuesday to secure ‘black type’ for two of her two-year-olds in training, Ipanema Princess and Manhattan Jungle.
  • Racing tips – Sunday 31st July
    Sunday’s Racing Tips 31st July 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.